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Are you tired of worrying about your missing teeth? Do they make life more distortedly difficult with problems while eating, laughing, and feeling too embarrassed to talk? Dr. James Horan has helped to restore countless smiles with expertly crafted dentures. The professionals at 772 Implant are committed to creating an individualized plan to help boost your confidence and ultimately get your life back. For more information about different types of dentures, and to see what might work best for you, please read on.
The term "dentures" is a broad one. Dentures simply refer to replacements for missing teeth. They can be fixed, supported by implants, or removable. Some replace just a few teeth, and some are full sets of artificial teeth. The type of denture you get will depend on many different variables – your condition, health factors, and preferences.
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Traditional dentures completely replace all the teeth in your mouth. They consist of a removable appliance with prosthetic teeth surrounded by artificial gums and tissues.
A full set of missing teeth will typically distort and concave the cheek muscles inward toward the mouth. Unfortunately, this visually alters your appearance to seem much older than you are. Luckily for you, full dentures solve that problem and keep your cheek muscles looking normal.
Dental care is relatively easy, and they are simple to remove.
Full dentures will help you achieve a complete set of uniform teeth. Will help aid in chewing foods that you typically wouldn't have been able to bite on without.
Traditional dentures are more affordable than implant-supported dentures.
These dentures can come loose, slip out of place, and make embarrassing clicking noises. A dental adhesive is required and mostly reapplied throughout the day to keep the full dentures in place.
Some people do not like that they need to be removed at night, and for cleaning.
Sometimes the process to make the denture molds and fit them to your mouth could be lengthy. In the meantime, some patients opt to have temporary dentures while they wait.
Full denture repairs and replacements are common and can add up in costs over time.
[Keep In Mind] Depending on the situation, Dr. Horan will almost always recommend dental implants over dentures for many reasons not contained in this article. Learn more information about whether you are better off with Dental Implants by clicking Dental Implants vs. Dentures.
Removable partials are ideal when you have a few natural teeth still available on the upper or lower part of the mouth. They vary in design based on what will work for you. Partial dentures can consist of a metal framework that clasps onto your existing teeth, complete with replacement teeth and a gum-colored base.
Partials are relatively inexpensive.
Sometimes additional teeth can be added later on.
Partial dentures allow you to preserve some of your natural teeth, as opposed to complete dentures.
Sometimes removable partials take a while to get used to and do not function as well as fixed bridges or implants.
Partial dentures can lead to decay and gum disease in the surrounding teeth, and cause your natural teeth to loosen.
They need to be removed each night.
Also known as a bridge. These are a set of prosthetic teeth and crowns that are permanently attached to your mouth. They consist of crowns that fit over your natural teeth surrounded by at least one prosthetic tooth.
Fixed partial dentures look and function like natural teeth.
Fortunately, bridges are easy to maintain as you don't have to take them out to clean.
These types of dentures are less expensive than implants.
Fixed partial dentures are more expensive than removable partials.
Bridges could damage the existing natural teeth next to the bridge.
At least four dental implants are inserted into the bone when using snap-on dentures. Sometimes, there are anchors placed inside of the denture appliance so the wearer can snap them in and out. Other times, they are screwed in place and are only removed by your dentist during cleaning and maintenance.
Snap-on dentures are more stable than traditional dentures and are less likely to become loose while talking.
These partials fit better and are more comfortable than traditional dentures.
The feeling and function is compared to natural teeth.
They help to preserve your jawbone and prevent further bone loss.
Snap-on dentures require surgery to place the implants.
For the most part, insurance doesn't cover the cost of partials and can be more expensive than traditional dentures.
Snap-on dentures eventually break down, and the attachments might need tightening over time.
These are exactly what they sound like. Instead of having to wait for your new molded dentures again (including possible multiple fitting/adjustment appointments), these dentures are molded to your mouth right before your extraction and fitted immediately afterward.
Leave your old teeth behind from extraction and enjoy a complete set of new natural-looking teeth. You will not need multiple appointments to fit and wait for your dentures.
Since the dentist will not be taking the time to create a customized fit with adjustments and fittings, adjustments might be necessary after your gums heal.